2020-01-13: News Headlines

RT (2020-01-13). 'Wow…has he seen our PM?' Tory MP roasted on Twitter for saying the poor are the 'fattest' & need lessons on healthy eating. rt.com A former Tory aide of ex-PM David Cameron has come under fire on social media after claiming poor people are the "fattest" in the UK and they need to be educated about eating a healthy diet. | Writing in his local newspaper, Sir Desmond Swayne, the Conservative MP for New Forest West, suggested that food banks were an "important contribution" to the welfare system, but checks on how families spend their benefits were required. | Swayne, 63, then claimed that one in five children in Britain is "obese" by the time they leave primary school, with those from the "lowest household incomes" being disproportionately…

Ahmed Abdulkareem (2020-01-13). During Yemen's Annual Martyr Week, Anti-American Sentiment Prevails. mintpressnews.com SANA'A, SADAA, YEMEN — As the ongoing war and blockade against their country enters its sixth year, Yemenis are commemorating the annual Martyr Week amid an increasing feeling of hatred and resentment towards the United States, a feeling never seen at this level in the war-torn country. | In Yemen, a country far from the prosperous and bustling United States, the size of cemeteries has increased dramatically in the past five years, with new burial sites springing up to house victims of the weapons supplied by western countries, particularly by the United States, as well as the blockade, hunger, and disease…

Leslie D. Gregory (2020-01-13). Sowing division, reaping lives. zcomm.org It's textbook Institutional Racism. Did Trump say out loud, "I'm going to gut the original environmental law of the US and it will affect everyone's health negatively but the health of black and brown people the most?" Of course not. But that is exactly what is afoot with his intention to roll back major portions of Read more…

teleSUR (2020-01-13). Lopez Obrador Introduces University of Health. telesurenglish.net Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador announced this Monday the creation of the University of Health, coordinated, boosted and executed by the capital's government. | RELATED: Mexico's AMLO Vows Justice in Visit to Town Scarred by Massacre | The head of the executive of the city, Claudia Sheimbaun, presented the plan in the morning conference of the president in the National Palace. | She said that the program is carried out by a team, which has been working on the crea…

sputniknews (2020-01-13). WHO May Call for Emergency Committee Meeting to Discuss New Coronavirus in China. sputniknews.com GENEVA (Sputnik) – The World Health Organization (WHO) is considering holding an extraordinary meeting of its emergency comittee in connection to the discovery of a new type of coronavirus in China, WHO said in a statement on Monday.

Staff (2020-01-13). Deadly "Super-Pollution Events" Are on the Rise. truthout.org Residents of the Mon Valley, a cluster of townships along the Monongahela River 20 miles south of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, endured some of the stinkiest and most polluted air in the nation this Christmas. | Starting on December 21, the region's air exceeded federal safety standards for daily levels of particulate matter — microscopic particles that penetrate the lungs and can trigger heart attacks and respiratory disease — for six consecutive days. One of the region's air monitors recorded the worst air qualit…

Marshall Auerback (2020-01-13). Will Boeing Survive as a Civilian Aircraft Maker in 2020? globalresearch.ca The dismissal of Dennis Muilenburg as CEO of Boeing might have looked like an early Christmas present to the employees and shareholders of Boeing, but the company's disease has gone way past the point where any single corporate surgeon can …

IMEMC News & Agencies (2020-01-12). Detainee Zahran on Hunger Strike for 112 Days. imemc.org A Palestinian detainee in Israeli jails, Ahmad Zahran, has been on hunger strike for 112 days in a row, protesting his administrative detention without charge or trial, amid very critical health conditions. An Israeli occupation court dismissed, on Tuesday, an appeal submitted by Zahran, where it asked him to …

Xinhua (2020-01-11). Children in War-Torn Yemen Suffer From Malnutrition. telesurenglish.net For little Radiah Nasser, there has been no New Year celebration. The 11-year-old girl was lying unconscious on a bed in the malnutrition ward of the Al-Sabeen hospital, in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa. | RELATED: | 'Yemen One of The Worst Places to Be a Child': Unicef | "Radiah Nasser, suffering from a severe malnutrition and brain atrophy, was admitted to the hospital on the eve of the New Year," doctor Alaa El-Din Ghalib told Xinhua. | The civil war pushed Yemen to the brink of famine,…

Vania Leveille (2020-01-10). Pregnant Workers Are Still Fighting for the Right to Work. aclu.org In 2015, | Michelle Durham, an ACLU client, was faced with an impossible choice: | continue working and risk the health of her pregnancy or give up her paycheck. | She was working | as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) for Rural/Metro Corporation, a company | in Alabama that provides emergency medical care to people living in areas that | lack basic medical services. Shortly after joining Rural/Metro Corporation in | Alabama, Michelle learned she was pregnant with her first child and was advised | by her health professional not to lift more than 50 pounds. She was confident | the company would grant her a…

Staff (2020-01-10). Headlines for January 10, 2020. democracynow.org House Approves Resolution Aimed at Limiting Trump's War Powers, NYT: Video Appears to Show Iranian Missile Hitting Jet Before Tehran Crash, Internal Emails Show Boeing Workers Mocked Regulators & 737 MAX Jet Designers, Trump Seeks to Exempt Large Projects from Some Environmental Review, Mexican Asylum Seeker Dies by Suicide After Being Denied Entry into U.S., Six Democratic Candidates Will Debate in Iowa Next Week, Ahead of Caucus, Transport Workers' Strike Becomes Longest in French History, Health and Human Services Declares Public Health Emergency for Puerto Rico, Grand Jury Indicts Hanukkah Attack Suspect on M…

John Raphling (2020-01-09). High-Tech Police Weapons Do More Harm than Good. thenation.com High-Tech Police Weapons Do More Harm than Good…

Staff (2020-01-08). $71 Million for More Cops; Not A Dime for Jobs and Healthcare. therealnews.com Operation Relentless Pursuit is a Department of Justice initiative to combat crime through a "surge in federal resources." We talked with Brandon Walker of the Ujima People's Progress Party about what's really needed to combat crime and empower neighborhoods in places like Baltimore, one of the seven cities targeted by the plan.

news.un (2020-01-07). Spread of polio still an international public health concern. news.un.org The spread of polio internationally remains a global public health concern, experts meeting in Geneva have concluded.

news.un (2020-01-07). Tuesday's Daily Brief: Syria, polio, DR Congo, Sudan updates, and, the art of stealing. news.un.org Tuesday's top stories include: A "daily nightmare" in Syria's Idlib; polio remains an international health emergency; Guterres extends condolences as Australia bushfires continue; measles in DR Congo; clashes in Darfur displace thousands; and a celebration of stolen art.

news.un (2020-01-07). More international support needed to curb deadly measles outbreak in DR Congo. news.un.org Countries are being asked to step up assistance to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) which is facing the world's worst measles epidemic, with more than 6,000 deaths since the start of last year.

news.un (2020-01-06). Monday's Daily Brief: Geopolitical strife, Australia bushfires, Burkina Faso, Cambodia updates. news.un.org Monday's top stories include: UN chief's call for de-escalation in global tensions; UNICEF offers help as Australia bushfires continue to rage; condolences following Burkina Faso bus explosion; new shipping regulation to boost health of people and planet; and ILO responds to deadly Cambodia building collapse.

Matt Bruenig (2019-11-17). Warren's Head Tax Is Not More Popular Than A Payroll Tax. peoplespolicyproject.org As we know by now, Elizabeth Warren's Medicare head tax proposal is a regressive mess ( I, II, III, IV). Warren's team knows this. The goal of the proposal i…

Matt Bruenig (2019-11-17). CAP's Topher Spiro Is Trying to Deceive Journalists By Lying. peoplespolicyproject.org It's been fun to see how the Center for American Progress (CAP) navigates this year's presidential election. For insider political reasons, they can't support Biden or Sanders. But for a long time, it was unclear who the alternative candidate they could support would be. | When Kamala Harris was rising, CAP's staff was doing overtime boosting her on Twitter and in the press, including boosting Harris's absurd health care proposal. But Harris's collapse put an end to that strategy. Recently Warren has risen as the alternative and so CAP has been working to promote her campaign, which puts CAP in the comical positi…

Matt Bruenig (2019-11-03). Warren's Medicare Head Tax Would Be About $9,500. peoplespolicyproject.org On Friday, I wrote a piece arguing that Elizabeth Warren's use of an employer head tax was not a good way to fund Medicare for All and that instead the more conventional choices of income and payroll taxes would be better. The reason they are better is because income and payroll taxes are based on how much income you receive while a head tax charges the same dollar amount for every worker regardless of their income, making it much more onerous on the lower and middle classes. | This point holds…

Matt Bruenig (2019-11-02). What Is a Middle Class Tax Hike? Am I Losing My Mind? peoplespolicyproject.org I have been swimming in the Medicare for All waters for over a decade now, going back to when I worked on the Ralph Nader presidential campaign that made Medicare for All its number one issue. And during this time, I developed a specific understanding of what we might call the M4A Financing Problem. | The Problem: | The M4A Financing Problem, in simple terms, is that even if you bring in existing federal spending on health care, existing state spending on health care, and a bunch of new rich-people taxes, you still fall short of financing the program. Thus to actually complete the financing, you have to u…

Matt Bruenig (2019-11-01). Warren's Perpetual Medicare Head Tax Is Unworkable and Bad. peoplespolicyproject.org Elizabeth Warren released her Medicare for All financing plan today. The main purpose of the proposal appears to be to find a plan that you can message as "not increasing middle class taxes," which is of course a nonsensical goal insofar, as Warren herself has said, what matters is middle class health care costs, not whether you categorize those costs as premiums, taxes, or out-of-pocket expenses. | Nonetheless, bowing to the stupid media discourse on this, Warren put forward a financing pro…

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